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KT Connections has been serving the Rapid City area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Event Postponed - KT Connections to Appear at the Black Hills Defense & Industry Symposium

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EVENT POSTPONED - The Black Hills Defense Symposium will be rescheduled for a later date. In the meantime, we would encourage everyone to abide by the CDC's recommendations to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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KT Connections attended the 2020 Business To Business Expo

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RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA - KT Connections attended the 2020 Business To Business Expo and February Mixer, held Tuesday, February 18th at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center this year. At the event, the managed service provider was able to mingle and network with other businesses from the area. Just as last year, KT Connections found it to be an enriching and worthwhile experience.

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Scale Computing Partner Advisory Summit

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KT Connections is excited to announce that we will be attending the Scale Computing Partner Advisory Summit, to be held from February 5th to February 7th.

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VoIP Solutions Can Have a Ton of Features

VoIP Solutions Can Have a Ton of Features

A great many businesses nowadays have discovered the benefits of using the solutions available through improvements to the technology that has been around for decades - just not in its current form. One prime example is the use of Voice over Internet Protocol to fulfill a business’ telephony needs. By its nature, VoIP offers a variety of useful features - which we’ll review in part here.

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Looking at Half a Century of Technology

Looking at Half a Century of Technology

2020 is just a week old, and as a technology company, we are proud to promote the use of technology. To celebrate 2020, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at just how far technology has come in the past 50 years. 

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Monitoring Your Staff Has Benefits

Monitoring Your Staff Has Benefits

You always read about the multitude of ways you can improve your business, but next to zero of them talk about what amounts to the elephant in the room: your staff. The workforce is a massive expense for most businesses; and, if it isn’t, it’s likely because you do a lot of things yourself. So, knowing that it becomes important to understand the financials around the people you have working for you. Basically, each worker has a number, and if you are getting that number out of their efforts, interfering with their work dynamic (to try to get more out of them) may actually have the opposite effect. 

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Can Your Business Afford to Pay $10,000 a Day?

Can Your Business Afford to Pay $10,000 a Day?

It’s a good thing South Dakota is one of the most data secure states. Since 2018, a data breach in South Dakota could cost your company up to $10,000 a day, per instance, if you don’t notify your customers.

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Employee Highlight: Justin Heier

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What is your role at the company?
I’m a L1 systems engineering doing mostly general troubleshooting and fixes, while also helping with backups and restores.

What do you like most about?
The work atmosphere and collaboration with how everyone is willing to help resolve issues, also, the lunches on Friday’s.

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Dentists Need IT Security, Too!

Dentists Need IT Security, Too!

When discussing the IT needs of medical professionals - especially in terms of the technologies they need to remain compliant to regulations like HIPAA - there seems to be an unfortunate tendency to overlook one very important medical field: dentistry. Yet, once dentistry is really considered, it becomes clear how dangerous this oversight can be.

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Any Business Should Leverage Certain Software Solutions - Does Yours?

Any Business Should Leverage Certain Software Solutions - Does Yours?

Businesses rely on a lot of different software solutions to complete their processes. Many are based on a given business’ industry, but there are a few types that every business should involve in their operations. Let’s review what they are, and how they can be beneficial to you.

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Is It Fair to Be Fired for Falling for a Phishing… Test?

Is It Fair to Be Fired for Falling for a Phishing… Test?

Let’s run through a quick scenario: your company’s computing infrastructure is infected with ransomware. Fortunately, you have an offsite backup as part of your data backup and recovery solution, so you are able to restore your systems without too much trouble; other than the time you’ve lost. As you investigate the root cause, you discover that one of your employees allowed the ransomware in by falling for a phishing email. So, do you fire them?

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Microsoft Office 365 Does More than You Might Know

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Microsoft Office 365 has many features - far more than the core four Office programs that most users are familiar with. These other features are exceptionally useful to businesses, which is why it is such a shame that so few people know about them. Here, we’ll fix that by reviewing some of these relatively hidden features.

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How to Prioritize Tasks to Boost Productivity

How to Prioritize Tasks to Boost Productivity

Productivity is something that either happens or it doesn’t, but it’s important to keep in mind that nobody can work at optimal efficiency at all times. This doesn’t mean you can’t leverage some best practices to make better use of your time, though. Today we’ll examine three general ways to improve your productivity, including examples of how to make them happen.

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Don’t Let Bias Influence Your Business

Don’t Let Bias Influence Your Business

Have you ever heard of the term “bias?” It has a negative connotation to it, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. A bias can predispose you to a skewed consideration or thought when met with what is known to be a seemingly neutral stimuli. In some cases, they can cause more harm than good, which is why it’s a good thing to take another look at how you approach certain situations. Researchers have discovered several trends about why we hold certain biases, as well as how we can overcome them.

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Digital Signatures are More Efficient and Secure

Digital Signatures are More Efficient and Secure

Your signature has a lot of power, particularly in the business world. Because of this, it’s curious to see how so many companies are moving over to the more digital alternative. In order to fully take advantage of digital signatures for your organization, you need comprehensive security measures that can reinforce the authenticity of your signatures.

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How Much of 2016’s $825 Billion in Unpaid Invoices Were Owed to You?

How Much of 2016’s $825 Billion in Unpaid Invoices Were Owed to You?

The primary reason that businesses are opened is to make money. Whether it’s to sustain a lifestyle, provide funds for a cause, or some other goal, a business needs an incoming cash flow in order to stay open. However, this is a fairly large problem for many small businesses, as their invoices often don’t return in a timely manner.

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Hardware as a Service Provides Your Business with Real Benefits

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The ‘as a service’ model has become increasingly popular among businesses, as it permits them access to resources that were once too expensive for most businesses to adopt with the up-front payment method. Of course, this model has many more benefits to its users, especially when applied to hardware procurement and management.

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Take Advantage of Big Data to One-Up the Competition

Take Advantage of Big Data to One-Up the Competition

Your business’s IT strategy is of incredible importance, especially when you consider how much your operations stand to benefit from a functional infrastructure. More than anything, though, IT can ensure that your business remains competitive in a world where the slightest advantage can mean all the difference.

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The 4 Biggest Pros and Cons of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

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Today, Enron is synonymous with major corporate scandal and executive-level corruption. When Enron, with its $63.4 billion in assets, declared bankruptcy, it was the largest corporate bankruptcy in US history. It was a move that surprised the financial sector and triggered a chain reaction, including the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a bill meant to prevent such a scandal from happening again. 

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Here’s What Cloud Computing for Business is All About

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_benefits_400.jpgWe talk about the cloud and how it changes the way that businesses approach their technology solutions a lot, and for a good reason. It’s become so commonplace in the business environment that you’d be hard-pressed to find any organization that doesn’t take advantage of cloud computing in some form or another. In a competitive industry, the small business needs all of the help it can get, and the cloud delivers.

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